Drugs don’t work

Message to all drunks and stoners (and most users of antidepressants): Drugs don’t work.

This to me is no surprise. using drugs to escape problems can work temporarily, while you are still on your “high”, but once the effects of the drug on your mind (but not on your health) wear of, the problems remain. Not to mention you can get into more problems while on alcohol or drugs, such as embarrasment, crinimal charges, damage to property, and if female an unwanted pregnancy. Not nice.

A new study in the UK shows that antidepressants only worked in a small minority of cases, usually in the most depressed people. This comes as no surprise to me. Usually when people get depressed theres a reason (say a marriage breakup, unexpected hardship, loved one or friend dying e.t.c). Drugs may make someone feel better in the short term, but don’t address the original cause of the problem. Thus, like alcohol or other drugs, don’t work.

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4 Comments on “Drugs don’t work”

  1. Jack Says:

    Very interesting post keep it going. I agree that people should try everything first to solve their problems with out pills. However some people with chemical imbalances may need drugs to get their chemical in their brain balanced. It all comes own a doctor’s prescription.

    Jack


  2. The individual is the sole arbiter of what works. The linkage Nicholas makes between antidepressant drugs and ‘drugs’ that are illegal is tenuous at best as the only thing that distinguishes the use thereof is the illicit status and all the baggage that brings.

    On the basis of risk of harms to individual, peers and wider society SSRI’s should be class A. (along side ‘depressing’ alcohol!)

    There is a great deal of evidence that supports the use of MDMA and LSD in ‘treatment’ scenarios. The science supports the use of cannabinoid supplements (yes, pot!) for a wide range of psychologically based issues where anxiety is prevalent. Dr Tom O’Connell’s research of self report of some 5000 patients validates the ‘mental health’ efficacy of California’s medpot initiative. This core biopsychosocial research cannot be done from within a prohibition paradigm. (see http://www.doctortom.org )

    Besides who could argue the a smile, some munchies and a sense of wellbeing could be bad for depression!

    It would be my contention and I would be happy to argue it in any forum, that a wholesale reform of the drug laws as they currently stand WOULD BE the MOST CONSERVATIVE POLICY.

    It is Prohibition that was the radical intervention.

    Marijuana vs SSRI’s, Which is Safer?
    http://mildgreens.blogspot.com/2008/02/marijuana-vs-ssris-which-is-safer.html

    Cannabis, SSRI’s and Depression
    http://mildgreens.blogspot.com/2008/02/cannabis-ssris-and-depression.html

    Cannabis and ADHD Impaired Driving. http://mildgreens.blogspot.com/2008/02/cannabis-and-adhd-impaired-driving.html

  3. Nicholas O'Kane Says:

    Jack, I agree with you on solving problems without drugs, but I don’t know about the chemical imbalances in the brain part.

    Blair, you know more about the issue than I do.

  4. Sam Vilain Says:

    disclaimer: I am not a Doctor.

    When you are clinically depressed, being told to “Just Cheer Up” does not work. It may even strengthen the confusion that the person is in. Meditation (in the form of watching one’s own thoughts, and contemplating) is probably the best drug-free path, but this generally will need an experienced guide to get it done right.

    What SSRIs can do is break you out of a cycle of destructive thought. They’re like a temporary slap to your thought processes that can help you with the process of putting self-destructive patterns aside. They should almost always be prescribed as a temporary measure, or with an atrophying dose. This is why they are generally prescribed by psychiatrists or very experienced GPs only; the coaching sessions that accompany their use are essential. In other cultures, the meditation coach filled that role. However it is difficult with patients when they expect the drug to do the job without any work from them, and they then blame the drug which becomes a part of their insanity.

    In summary, it’s a case of you can lead a horse to water…

    Anyway I think this has already been shown elsewhere to be another case of The Herald sensationalizing scientific results to the point of falsity. The fact that someone can show in a study that they are unable to use the drugs effectively is pretty much a non-result.


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